Many people know the LO Pub as one of the best live music venues in the city. It’s a cozy and dark space perfect for rocking out on a Saturday night. They specialize in craft-style beers like Winnipeg’s own Half Pints, catering to the beer aficionado (they do exist, I’ve met them). The space is also decorated with bicycle-themed art and is a popular hang out for the city’s “eco” crowd.
Over the last year, it’s become something of a culinary destination as well. The LO Bistro located just across from the pub in the HI Winnipeg Downtowner Hostel, was recently renovated to create a bright and airy space surrounded by windows serving up fantastic vegetarian fare.
The menu is incredibly creative pulling from cuisines all over the world (fitting inside a youth hostel I think), and everything I’ve sampled has been freshly made and flavourful. The other night I headed over with a friend where we enjoyed sweet potato empanadas served with sour cream and salsa–deliciously, light, flaky and sweet, I couldn’t get enough of them.
We also had chickpea fritters served with fig jam, caramelized onions and slices of brie. The combination of flavours was perfect. Salty, sweet, cheesy, crispy. How can you go wrong? We also decided to sample the vegetarian poutine. (I can’t see poutine on a menu and not order it.) It was also delicious. As gooey and comforting as it should be. I especially liked that they seasoned the fries before dousing them in cheese and gravy. It definitely added a little something extra.
There were numerous other things I wanted to try–mushroom strudel, tofu mole negro, a grilled cheese made with four kinds of cheese–but even this girl can eat only so much in one sitting.
Needless to say, I will be back.
The LO Pub and Bistro
330 Kennedy Street, 943-5581